Explore the Markets in UAE and Saudi Arabia
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), with support from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) (http://www.aia.org ) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) (http://www.acec.org ), is organizing an Architecture and Engineering Services Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates & Saudi Arabia with an optional stop in Qatar Apply now as space is limited! Application deadline is August 15, 2015
Date: October 18-22, 2015
Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE; Riyadh & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Optional Stop: Doha, Qatar
Where Business is Personal. In the Middle East, business is done on the basis of personal contacts and meetings. U.S. companies need to travel to the region to develop strong working relationships with locally based architects, developers, and local officials.
Why UAE and Saudi Arabia? Design Opportunities in UAE United Arab Emirates (UAE) represents a major market for U.S. exports and serves as an important regional hub for American companies. Abu Dhabi has started the new Midfield Terminal airport expansion; it is also building new hotels and international museums on Al Maryah and Saadiyat Islands.
Design Opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia offers one of the biggest opportunities in the region for firms in the architecture and engineering services sector. There are $960 billion worth of projects planned or under way in Saudi Arabia, of which, more than $700 billion are megaprojects, or large master planned developments of more than $1 billion.
Best Prospects. Master Planning (regional); Port Re-development; Airports/other transportation infrastructure facility architecture; Healthcare Facilities; Hospitality; Mixed-use projects; Sports & Entertainment; and Educational Facilities.
Cost. UAE & Saudi Arabia fee: $3,300 for small or medium-sized firms, $4,400 for large firms & trade associations. Each additional representative is $750.
Qatar optional stop fee: $700 for small or medium-sized firms, $800 for large firms & trade associations. Each Additional representative is $700.
For more information, please visit our website: http://export.gov/trademissions/archengmideast/ 
Explore Growing Education Markets in Up to Three Major African Markets! Join the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, on an official trade mission to South Africa, Ghana and an optional stop in Cote d’Ivoire – March 6-11, 2016.
The mission will include student fairs, embassy briefings, site visits, meetings with potential partners, and networking events in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Accra, Ghana with an optional stop in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Who Should Participate?
Appropriately accredited U.S. Higher Education Institutions, Community Colleges, Summer Programs, Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs.
Why These Countries?
At present, the African market presents a number of opportunities for American institutions seeking to expand educational opportunities to the region’s students. Access to quality education is a fundamental building block for economic and industrial development and improvement.
Africa as a whole is one of the “youngest continents,” with ‘outwardly mobile’ students comprising 25% of all students on the African continent- the highest rate in the world- and globally. The United States already represents the single largest target destination for students seeking international educational experiences. The continent has a growing middle class, and presently spends up to $900 million on education annually.
In addition, of all African students presently in the United States, Ghana and South Africa rank in the top five countries amongst all African countries of origin. However, of the 886,052 international students present in the United States in 2013/2014, less than 5% came from Sub-Saharan Africa. Further, less than one third were enrolled in graduate-level (or higher) programs, both of which highlight the great potential for development of an expanded American presence in the African educational sphere.
Interaction with Potential Students
The U.S. Commercial Service is cooperating with the EducationUSA Advising Centers South Africa, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to connect schools directly with potential students at fairs and provide market insight.
Apply now, as space is limited! The deadline to apply is January 15, 2016.
$2,800 per non-profit institution
$3,300 per for-profit institution
$600 for each additional representative
Optional Cote d’Ivoire Stop
$1,800 per non-profit institution
$1,900 per for-profit institution
*Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant
For more information, please visit our website at: http://export.gov/trademissions/africaed2016/